Wikistrat has released edition 11.11 of the CoreGap Bulletin.
This CoreGap edition features, among others:
- Terra Incognita - What to Do With Despots Who Fight to the Bitter End?
- Bahrain Repression Indicates Just How Scared of Iran the Saudis Truly Are
- IMF and Standard & Poors Both Issue Warnings on Unprecedented US Debt
- As Libyan Stalemate Looms, NATO Increases Involvement
- South Africa Formally Joins BRIC Group, Signaling China’s Dominance
And much more...
The entire bulletin is available for subscribers. Over the upcoming week we will release analysis from the bulletin to our free Geopolitical Analysis section of the Wikistrat website, first being "Terra Incognita - What to Do With Despots Who Fight to the Bitter End?"
Whether or not the planet’s ongoing wave of political revolt ultimately earns the moniker, the “fourth great wave of democratization,” intervening great powers ponder the question of what to do with leaders who are deposed or in extreme jeopardy. The realist is more willing to, so long as a quick departure is achieved and bloodshed subsequently ended. The idealist tends to be uncompromising, demanding a trial suitable for the “many crimes” committed by the despot over the years – or perhaps just the preceding few weeks. In truth, there are no easy answers – just historical precedents that rarely translate across political border.
One thing seems clear: if the leader and his family are not hurried out of the country, eventually the rebels or revolutionaries get around to levying their charges. On this score, one has to wonder if it would not have been better for the US and Saudi Arabia to have whisked the Mubarak family from Egypt. Now facing charges that conceivably result in death penalties, the fate of father Hosni and son Gamal has to weigh heavily elsewhere in the region, where historically most leaders are either killed or die in office. Already we see similar dynamics at work.
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